A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories History's Wickedest Weirdest MostWanton Kings Queens

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Penguin, May 1, 2001 - History - 352 pages
From Nero's nagging mother (whom he found especially annoying after taking her as his lover) to Catherine's stable of studs (not of the equine variety), here is a wickedly delightful look at the most scandalous royal doings you never learned about in history class.

Gleeful, naughty, sometimes perverted-like so many of the crowned heads themselves-A Treasury of Royal Scandals presents the best (the worst?) of royal misbehavior through the ages. From ancient Rome to Edwardian England, from the lavish rooms of Versailles to the dankest corners of the Bastille, the great royals of Europe have excelled at savage parenting, deadly rivalry, pathological lust, and meeting death with the utmost indignity-or just very bad luck.

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Quick easy to read chapters. Witty comments on the bad behavior of the royals and popes through history. It includes family trees and timelines to help see where things fit in time. Read full review

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Those naughty, naughty, naughty royals! I always knew that rank excess was a recipe for disaster, but these little vinettes have been a real eye-opener. At the end, I realized that I am very, very ... Read full review


From Russia with Lots of Love
Six Royals Sinning
Eat Drink and Be Mocked
Mad About
Head Over a Heel
A Marriage Made in Hell
Jane Greys Blues
King of Kings
Innocent Proven Guilty
Feel the Burn
Papal Bully
Will the Real Pope Please Rise?
Double Double Toil and Trouble
All the Holiness Money Can
Indulge Me If You Will

Royal Family Feud
Trouble in the House of Tudor
InLaws on the Outs
Strange Reigns
The Belle of Versailles
A Great Mind Is a Terrible Thing
Drool Britannia
The Law Is an
The Eyes Have
When in Rome
The Rage of Tiberius
Oh God
I Claudius Arent
A Son Should Love His Mother
The Year of Living Dangerously
Papal Vice
Not So Dear Johns
A Matter of Grave Consequence
Her Holiness?
In the Ghetto
Death Be Not Dignified
A Tight Squeeze
A Royal Pain in the
Spinning in Her Grave
Strike Three
Prescription for Disaster
A Look of Detachment
Eat Your Heart
Royal Flush
A Lot Off the
The Case of the Purloined Penis
Extreme Overkill
Its Not Nice to Kill the King
British Monarchs 1066Present
Russian Monarchs 16821917 The Romanovs APPENDIX IV
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Michael Farquhar is a writer and editor at the Washington Post specializing in history. He is the author of the bestsellers A Treasury of Great American Scandals and A Treasury of Royal Scandals. He appeared on the History Channel’s Russia, Land of the Tsars and will be featured on a forthcoming program about the French Revolution.

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